The Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander are two of the most popular midsize SUVs. 

Compare the 2023 Toyota Highlander and 2023 Ford Explorer to see how they stack up. 

The Explorer defeats the Highlander thanks to its several advantages.

2023 Toyota Highlander vs. 2023 Ford Explorer

We compared the 2023 Toyota Highlander and 2023 Ford Explorer midsize SUVs in a number of different categories. 

Performance, gas economy, towing capacity, off-road ability, safety, passenger and cargo space, warranty coverage, dependability, and affordability are all taken into consideration.

Highlander vs. Explorer: Performance and gas mileage

The 2023 Toyota Highlander comes with two performance-oriented engine choices: 

a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid and a turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four (265 horsepower) (243 horsepower).

There are many engine options available for the 2023 Ford Explorer, all of which are more potent than those available for the Highlander. 

This consists of a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6, a 3.3-liter V-6 hybrid, and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 (all with 300 horsepower) (365 horsepower).

The high-performance ST edition of the Explorer also provides a second 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 variation (400 horsepower).

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